Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

Introductory Astronomy Lecture Series
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Astronomy Lesson 03_06: General Relativity Raison d'être

General Relativity arises out of our need to reconcile the issues of Newtonian Gravity. It has some problems that only rethinking Gravity can solve.

  • Equivalence principle
  • What is Mass?
  • Newton's Cannonball
  • International Space Station
  • A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
  • There is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse.
  • Star Trek's "Gravity Plating" (Fiction...)

    William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific